Small Business Services Directory
Use the search fields below to find hundreds of organizations in New York City that can provide you with help in starting or running your small business. Included in this searchable database are programs which offer business advice, loans, grants, location assistance, and a wide range of other services for small businesses throughout the city — often at no cost or for a low fee.
The mission of the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program is to improve and stimulate the national economy and small businesses by stimulating and supplementing the flow of private equity capital and long term loan funds for the sound financing, growth, expansion and modernization of small business operations while insuring the maximum participation of private financing sources.
The Entrepreneurial Development Program (EDP), provides training, technical assistance and business development resources to start-up and existing businesses. The goal is to assist budding entrepreneurs to establish businesses; assist small business owners to retain their business. The program provides classroom training in basic business and entrepreneurship principles as well as individual technical, financial and management assistance. Telephone: 718-732-7534
SoBRO is a not-for-profit organization offering services designed to: Provide education, work readiness and employment programs for adults; Provide existing and newly established businesses with technical assistance, programs and services designed to enhance their ability to compete in the marketplace; and Engage in pro-active community assessment, planning and advocacy in order to strengthen the local economic environment. Telephone: 718-732-7531 or 718-292-3113
The South Jamaica Empire Zone offers a wide array of incentives including tax credits and utility discounts. The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation also partners with New York City's Business Solutions to provide services to industrial companies in southeast Queens. Telephone 718-291-0282 ext. 141
Business and job development in the Sunset Park, Red Hook and Gowanus communities of Brooklyn (SW Brooklyn) through: providing technical assistance in accessing government incentive programs and financing; locating suitable real estate; solving quality of life, service and infrastructure issues; advocating for policies that support business growth and identifying procurement opportunities.
The Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation [SBIDC] is a local organization promoting economic development by serving small businesses and residents of the Sunset Park, Red Hook, and Gowanus neighborhoods. SBIDC provides assistance with and resources about government incentives, employment services, procurement, financing industrial real estate, business services, infrastructure improvements, Red Hook commercial revitalization, and advocacy.
Independent, local level small and high-risk minority and/or women-owned businesses are eligible to apply for small, low cost loans via the Springboard Mini-Loan Fund. The loans are available for small businesses located in Community Boards 1,2,3,4,7,8,11 or 12 and can be applied for at the BOEDC office. Start-up and existing minority and women-owned businesses are eligible. Loans can be used for working capital, acquisition of machinery and equipment, revolving lines of credit, seasonal inventory and accounts receivable. For additional information contact Rome Birkett.
The Brooklyn Business Center [BBC] is part of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC). The BBC’s services include one-on-one business coaching, access to capital, mentoring, business planning, classes, assistance preparing MWBE applications, and help writing business plans. The BBC assists with locating third party resources such as pro bono legal services. The BBC is funded in part by the New York state entrepreneurial assistance program and is an entrepreneurial assistance center.
St. Nicks Alliance/Workforce Development is a rapidly growing workforce development arm of St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation. St. Nicks Alliance aims to help long-term public assistance recipients land that first job, enable those with some work experience to obtain high demand skills and secure high-wage jobs, and give other neighborhood residents the opportunity to obtain a career through evening programs. Call 718-302-2057, ext 210 for more information.
Start Small’s mission is to empower New York City’s most underserved individuals to start, maintain, and grow small businesses in order to accumulate assets, increase personal financial security, and contribute to the economy. Start Small provides access to a variety of resources for entrepreneurs and immigrants: small business financing, small business legal counseling, small business planning and operations, accounting and bookkeeping, tax, marketing and public relations, human resources, and government certification and contracting.